An image is one of the most powerful ways to tell a story.
Getty Images opened its library up to the global public to vote on the photographs they thought were the most moving in 2014.
A total of 294,219 votes were cast from 164 countries to select the defining images and videos that encapsulate 2014’s most important moments in news, sport and entertainment.
Those chosen are powerful statements. They show some of the biggest — and saddest — events of the year.
Powerful imagery of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia by photographer John Moore was voted first, second and seventh. Ebola is also the subject of the photo which rounded out the top 10, taken by photographer Daniel Berehulak.
Pierre Crom’s photo of the Air Malaysia passenger jet crash in Eastern Ukraine claimed third place, followed by Gokhan Sahin’s photo of Syrian Kurds battling IS to retain control of Kobani and Scott Olson’s photo of civil unrest in Ferguson.
Also included was Alexander Koerner’s extraordinary photo of Kiev protests, Harry Borden’s portrait of Robin Williams and Tom Stoddart’s photo of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.
Here are the top 10.
1. A Doctors Without Borders health worker in protective clothing carries a child suspected of having Ebola in a treatment center in Paynesville, Liberia.
2. Liberia races to expand Ebola treatment facilities, as US troops arrive.
3. Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smoulders in a field in Grabovo, Ukraine near the Russian border.
4. Syrian Kurds battle IS to retain control of Kobani.
5. Outrage in Ferguson, Missouri after a police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
6. Violence escalates as Kiev protests continue.
7. Liberia battles spreading Ebola epidemic.
8. Robin Williams died in 2014.
9. 10 years since the Boxing Day tsunami
10. Ebola spreads. Residents look on as a man lays dead in a busy Liberian street.
And here are some of the moments of 2014.
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